NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF RACE RAMPS UP
A pair of games highlight the tight playoff race in the Eastern Conference:
The Islanders (38-21-8, 84 points) and Penguins (36-24-8, 80 points), who are separated by just four points in the Metropolitan Division and Wild Card races, meet for the third time this season when they face off at CONSOL Energy Center. These clubs have split their opening two contests, with each winning at home: Pittsburgh posted a 5-2 victory on Jan. 2, while New York responded with a 2-1 triumph last Tuesday. The Islanders and Penguins will close their four-game season series on April 2 at Barclays Center.
The Flyers (32-23-12, 76 points), the first team on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, look to gain ground when they play host to the Red Wings (34-24-11, 79 points), the current occupant of the final Wild Card spot, at Wells Fargo Center. This marks the second of three meetings between these teams in 2015-16; Philadelphia earned a 2-1 shootout win in their first contest on Jan. 17 at Detroit. The Flyers and Red Wings will close their three-game season series on April 6 at Joe Louis Arena.
TODAY’S CLINCHING SCENARIOS
The Capitals will clinch a playoff berth:
- If they get at least one point against the Hurricanes; OR
- If the Flyers defeat the Red Wings in regulation; OR
- If the Islanders defeat the Penguins in regulation; OR
- If the Red Wings defeat the Flyers in regulation the Islanders defeat the Penguins in any fashion.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Islanders @ Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m.
Carolina @ Washington, 7:00 p.m.
Detroit Red Wings @ Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Florida @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Boston @ San Jose, 10:00 p.m.
Home Team in Caps
NY ISLANDERS 3, Florida 2
Los Angeles 5, CHICAGO 0
CALGARY 7, St. Louis 4
Nashville 3, EDMONTON 2
Winnipeg 5, VANCOUVER 2
ANAHEIM 7, New Jersey 1